Kansas RV Camping and Campgrounds
RV camping opportunities are located throughout Kansas. The
Sunflower State offers campers and RVers free and inexpensive campgrounds in or
near most communities. The US Forest Service (USFS), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE/COE), and state and community parks offer
facilities that vary from dry camping to full RV hookup campsites.
Kansas Private RV Parks
- Private RV Parks - Research tools for finding the
best RV parks and campgrounds in Kansas.
Federal RV Camping Information
- US Forest
- USFS RV camping and recreation information for the Cimarron National Grassland in southwest Kansas.
Army Corps of Engineers -
USACE/COE information about Corps lakes
and camping opportunities in Kansas.
- US Fish
and Wildlife Service - FWS information about wildlife refuges in Kansas. Most FWS refuges do not permit camping in Kansas
State RV Camping Information
Reservations - Make your Kansas campground reservations and your campsite will be waiting for you when you arrive.
RV Dumps Stations In Kansas
Free RV Camping Locations In Kansas
The following list shows a small sample of available free camping locations in Kansas.
RV camping is
available at the Walnut River Park. Water, and picnic tables are just a couple of the ammenities offered.
The town operated Rocky Pond Park has
electric campsites available for a donation. Fishing, canoes, and playground.
The Chamber of
Commerce has a section of Riverside Park they
maintain for overnight RV parking. Electric, water, and RV dump station.
The city maintains the Santa Fe Park and Safari Campground with
free RV camping. Restrictions apply such as length of stay, and fees
for lengthy stays.
Airport Park is located on highway 81 at the south edge of town. Electric &
water are available for a donation with a dump station. It is located across
the street from a WalMart Supercenter. Thanks Palmers for the tip!
Free dispersed camping
(boondocking) is permitted on the Cimarron National Grasslands.
Solitude and wide open country are available for free RV camping adventures.
Limited RV parking is
available at Gunn Park.
Fishing, playground, canoes, paddle boats are some of the outdoor activites available.
This friendly town
offers free will donation camping at the City Park Campground.
Electric, water, and RV dump station available.
Kansas Public Campgrounds
Kansas public campgrounds are managed by the
Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, US Forest Service, and USACE (US Army Corps
of Engineers). Public camping is also available at city and county
parks as well. The following list is only a sample of the great camping
sites in Kansas. Use the resource links above to find public
campgrounds in Kansas.
Located on the Spring
River, the Baxter Springs City Campground offers
overnight RV parking. Playground, basketball courts, and a stage for
Over 400 primitive
campsites, and another 233 electric sites are available at Cheney State Park. Boating, hiking, and fishing are just of the activities available.
RV camping with
hookups, or primitive campsites at Cedar Bluff State Park. On the banks of Cedar Bluff Reservoir: fishing, boating, and hiking.
INDEPENDENCE Comfort Cove - 52 reservable full hookup RV campsites.
Day Use - Boat ramp, vault toilet, disc golf, camping.
Timber Road - Reservable campsites, nature trail, and group shelter available.
Camping is available at Elk City State Park. There are 3 separate areas available...
Small town atmosphere
and quiet RV camping is available at North City Park Campground. Only 4 campsites available, but off the beaten path, and worth the
Electric and non
electric campsites are available at USACE Marion Reservoir. There are 4 camping areas around the lake.
Electric and primitive
campsites are available at Prairie Dog State Park. Excellent fishing and hunting, as well as hiking trails.
New camping facilities
are available at Waterville City Campground. Recommended donation of $10 per night.
Federal Public Land
RV Camping Information
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS
policies and rules about RV camping. Information about
dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General
information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National
Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic
places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of
Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water
recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about
finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies
for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
Free and Low Cost
RV Camping Ideas In Kansas
Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Kansas. We always
recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV,
the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you
end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.
Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.
- Truck Stops -
Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate
of the big rigs!
- Walmart - Not all
stores allow overnight RV parking in Kansas due to city
ordinances. Check store for policy.
- Nightclubs - Had
one too many or just pretending?
- Grain Elevators -
Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV
- Cemetery - Sounds
creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
- Fairgrounds - State
and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
- Parks - City,
County, State, and Community parks often have free RV
- Churches - You can
almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
- Hotel Parking Lots
- Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just
- Truck Terminals -
Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping
- RV Dealers - Pretty
brave to us, but you could fit right in.
- Cracker Barrel -
These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
- Movie Theaters -
Too tired to drive home after the late show?
- Highway Rest Areas
- All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
- Drive In Movies -
Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell
asleep by accident right?
- Vehicle Repair
Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
- Big Box Retailers -
Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
- Roadside Parks
& Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest
As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking
possibilities in Kansas. If you are not asking permission,
it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide
outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention
to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you
feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere